Volker on Mobile

Carnival of the Mobilists # 260

Posted by in Carnival of the Mobilists

As per usual, another week, another carnival (if things were only like this in real life, too…). This week’s edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists is being hosted by the formidable Antoine RJ Wright, and it is full of goodies. He is featuring: Not one but two posts on BlackBerry (and I have no involvement in either; cf. my About Me page for disclaimers), one looking at its (apparently) impending death and offering advice on how to fix it and one looking at its (apparently) robust health despite recent…read more


Facebook’s IPO with no mobile revenues

Posted by in Deals, Social

So here’s the mother of all IPOs then, and it was coming a long way. The web was buzzing, today analysts of any couleur are commenting and reading through the fine print of Facebook’s registration statement (known as the S-1) in order to find valuable nuggets of information that they had not had before and myriads of bloggers and journalists drool over the new wave of young wealthy people in the Valley. No mobile revenue Whilst I’d love to join into this frenzy, I want to focus on one point…read more


So social lost its sizzle, huh?

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Happy new year, everyone! (that is, if you are inclined to follow that particular calendar…) Have you, like me, been reading some of the predictions on what is and what is not going to happen this year? What buzzwords to remember, which ones to avoid? What to focus at, where to “pivot” to, what to ignore? One of the predictions I read was that social media has lost its sizzle. Markets saturated with products, failed to live up to the lofty ideas of monetising it, done, begone… Now that is,…read more


This week: NY Games Conference

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This week, I will have the great pleasure to attend (and speak) at the NY Games Conference. If you are on the East Coast and into games, this is where you need to be. Join us! It’s worth it. There are speakers from: Ubisoft Samsung Majesco Entertainment Yesware Sony Computer Entertainment TAG Strategic (yes, Ted, the man himself!) Freeverse Greystripe Badgeville OnLive Atari EA Sports OpenFeint GameHouse/Real Sulake (of Habbo Hotel fame) Ogmento CBS Interactive Fremantle Wedbush (Michael Pachter himself!) Tapjoy RockYou Hi5 (yes, Alex St John will be there…read more


Social Media Growth (Infographic)

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Thanks for the heads-up goes to my good friend Jonathan MacDonald!


Mobile Games Publishing in 2011

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I have been blogging way too little recently, so here’s – finally – a bigger one again. What is a Publisher? I have recently been asked more and more what the role of a publisher in mobile gaming is today. I mean, heck, there are now even websites proclaiming the (traditional) publishers’ death. On the other hand, venerable old and ruthless new ones are on a spending spree acquiring – seemingly – studios and smaller publishers by the dozen: In the past year or so, EA gobbled up Playfish, Chillingo…read more


Finding the User: the case for gaming operators (with slides)

Posted by in Events, Slides

Earlier this week, I gave a talk at the Mobile Gaming Conference at ICE, the premier i-gaming (that’s gambling to you and I) event in London. Below, you will find the slides to the talk. Let me outline briefly though why I think that social elements to gaming is something that I find the gaming (as in gambling, real-money gaming, etc) sector should be excited about (and it was hard to tell if many people were; ’nuff said): “Social” games work if they address or are based upon a community…read more